Fintech
for good.

Core was inspired by the Nobel Award winning Grameen Bank and the development banking pioneer Shorebank. Spun out from the Financial Health Network in 2009, we are reimagining economic development through the power of technology. As a traditional venture capital firm with the untraditional practice of measuring the positive externalities of our investments, we're helping to chart the future of capitalism.

OUR PORTFOLIO

We operate a world-class investment firm that delivers exceptional financial returns by creating transformative social impact at scale. To do so, we invest in innovative startups that help consumers and SMBs spend, save, borrow, and plan for a brighter future.

Through early stage (pre-seed, seed, Series A) investments in fintech and fintech-adjacent businesses, we deliver returns that benefit everyone — investors, portfolio companies, and most of all, their individual customers.

Founder Testimonials

  • With its world class expert network, strong focus on financial inclusion and thoughtful approach, Core Innovation Capital is an investor every mission-driven Fintech company should bring onboard.

    CYNTHIA CHEN
    Co-founder & CEO, Kikoff
  • Working with Core has been one of the great pleasures of my career. Their intensity for mission has been inspiring and a great fit for us. In addition, Core has been a phenomenal partner. I can’t give a stronger vote of confidence for a VC.

    Jordan Wright
    Co-founder & CEO, Atomic Financial
  • We put a lot of effort into finding a capital partner that was truly mission-aligned and not just paying lip service to social impact. Core has always walked the walk, and that truly matters when I have hard decisions to make as a founder.

    Atticus LeBlanc
    Co-founder & CEO, Padsplit

Our Values

The core principles that guide us forward.

Building transformative
financial products together.

OUR PORTFOLIO

Latest perspectives
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Catching the Demographic Waves In Fintech

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Back to the Fintech Future. Reflections on “Fintech for Good” today versus 15 years ago

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The Opportunity for U.S. Fintech is by No Means Over. In Fact, It’s Just Beginning.

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Core’s Impact Measurement, Open Sourced.

Since our inception in 2010, we have measured both our financial returns and our mission….

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Pioneering Fintech Firm Core VC Announces New Partners

Los Angeles, CA, August 2, 2023 — Core Innovation Capital, a fintech venture capital firm…

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Fintech gets SaaSy

At Core Innovation Capital, we focus on aligning profit margins with customer impact as we…

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Rates up, fintech down. Is it actually that simple?

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How Missionary Are You … Actually?

Every startup appears on some grand social (or environmental) mission these days. And in fintech,…

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Mercenary Impact

The Core team has long said that while we respect shrewd mercenaries as well as tree-hugging missionaries, we…

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DeFi in Traditional Finance is Essential, not an Oxymoron (Part II)

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A Case For Why Government Should Mandate Lifetime Basic Income (But Won’t)

About 100 years ago, the government started making auto insurance mandatory. But it took 50…

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Time to Retire Defined Contributions?

By 2035, for the first time in American history, the number of older adults will…

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From Redlining to Black Fintech

We recently issued a challenge to the fintech community to think outside the box and align the…

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Cracking CAC

“The CIP section of the KYC policy was criticized by the FDIC as inconsistent with…

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